The personal is political

  1. As many of you know, I'm currently applying to graduate school.
  2. As I was finishing up my application for Georgia State, I came across this page, the crux of which is that Georgia does not allow undocumented immigrants to attend public universities and they include students classified under DACA as they do not consider that a lawful status.
  3. Which surprised me, and sparked some research. Three states - Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia - have laws on the books which explicitly prohibit undocumented students from attending public universities, though only Georgia appears to extend this to DACA students.
  4. This is not just an in-state tuition issue, which a lot of states and universities have debated. These states bar access to undocumented students, period.
  5. What is my moral responsibility here?
  6. Can I attend a university that has these policies?
  7. On the one hand, it's often not the universities themselves that want these policies. They are thrust upon them by bigoted state legislatures.
  8. On the other hand, am I implicitly condoning anti-immigrant policies by choosing to attend when other, undocumented students cannot?
  9. Right now, I'd feel okay dropping Georgia State, but the University of South Carolina is my top choice, and they've offered me a generous package.
  10. I really, really want to go there.
  11. I do think what Georgia is doing is over and above South Carolina. The entire purpose of DACA is to confer legal status upon people who arrived here as children.
  12. But is that just my way of justifying it so I can make the decision I want to make anyway?
  13. I'm not sure what I'm going to do.